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Vote for the 75 Greatest Batman Covers of All-Time!

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman (which I believe technically was this past Sunday), we’re going to be doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators, Batman villains and Batman stories, but this month will be about Batman covers.

Here, you’ll be casting your vote for what you feel are the greatest Batman covers of all-time – the covers that you think are the best drawn, the most memorable, the most striking, the most iconic, whatever you think of when you think of the word “greatest.”

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, March 20th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 75 (ten a day until the top 25, when it’ll become five a day) beginning March 22nd.

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. Vote for the TEN covers that you feel are the greatest Batman covers of all-time.

3. Rank your ten from #1 (what you think is the greatest cover) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best.

Here is a template you can use…

TEN GREATEST BATMAN COVERS
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ACBC

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. It doesn’t have to be an actual Batman comic book. If you believe some issue of the Justice League had the greatest Batman cover on it, go for it. I presume we’ll be mostly seeing actual Batman comics, but hey, whatever you folks want to vote for.

6. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

If you want to look at some covers, the great Grand Comics Database has a searchable database of every Batman cover ever!

Most importantly, have fun!

Now vote! :)

53 Comments

Well I think my top four votes will all go to Batman: Year One

After that… I’ll have to think.

I am going to vote, but I think we all know the winner will be Legends of the Dark Knight #1-magenta.

As a big fan of Batman, I’ll try to take part in all four polls over all four months.

Patch Zircher

March 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

Went a little old school, my most recent choice was from the year 2000.

Been lookin’ forward to this, as well as this year’s Edition of top 100 Comic Book Writers/Artists

right Brian?

Brian?

BRIAN!?!?!?

Man, I don’t know if I’ll have room for anything other than old World’s Finest covers.

There’s too many to choose from. I’m going to have a hard time narrowing this down.

I just cast my vote secretly, but I think people should take a look at Shadow of the Batman #4 by Marshall Rogers. Seriously, such an amazing and underrated cover.

It would be nice if these voting categories already provided a narrowed down list/images. Are we supposed to go through thousands upon thousands of covers?

A narrowed-down list would be contrary to the spirit of the whole exercise. Then it would just be the 75 Greatest Batman of Covers of All Time Out of the 100 Covers That Some Guy Decided Were Eligible. Being able to choose from, well, all the Batman covers of all time is much better. And ideally we’d already have some favorites in mind.

This is going to be a challenge. So many to choose from!

After Kelly Jones, there’s not a lot of room for everyone else, is there?

I just realized there is nothing on my list more recent than 1981.

All I know is that either Batman 97 or 147 better win or I will lose all respect for CSBG!

mrclam: One of those is, in fact, on my list.

Pete Woodhouse

March 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

Maybe his work does get given wider recognition, maybe not, but I’ve felt Ed Hannigan’s mid-80s cover designs are worth a mention.
I may vote for at least one of those as well as the usual suspects like the early Golden Age, Adams, Cardy, Aparo, Infantino’s Batman #194 logo-busting effort featuring Blockbuster, Bolland, plus modern stuff like Jock.

LouReedRichards

March 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

I didn’t know the cover for #97 right off so I looked it up

That’s a strangely ominous cover. Did Ace suddenly “run away” or “go to live on a farm”?

I just sent my ballot.

I used Atomic Avenue to look at all Batman vol 1, Detective vol 1, Shadow of the Bat, Shadow of the Batman, Batman and Robin vol 1, Batman Inc, Batman Incorporated, and Legends of the Dark Knight. Thinking about it now, I should have looked through my collection for one shots and minis, but then ten was not enough with just those titles I looked at anyway.

No Kelly Jones, even though I really like his work, and only one Neil Adams. I did vote for a Bob Kane which I am sure will make it. I think most of mine are kind of long shots.

It will be nice if the top ten are not all generic ‘iconic’ shots from the 90s and 2000s.

Travis Pelkie

March 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Let’s see, my own #1 comes to mind fast (like a bolt of lightning, even), is pretty obvious, and probably will garner a lot of votes. Got to think a lot about other ones.

This’ll be fun.

I just saw World’s Finest Comics 83 again. Maybe I should have looked at World’s Finest before casting my votes.

Man, this was a tough one. I could have picked 75 just from Detective Comics 400 to 500.

And don’t forget The Brave and the Bold. Great stuff there.

Coverbrowser is also a great resource:

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/batman

Just sent my ballot. Please confirm you get it, Brian.

Yo Brian, how about the greatest Bat-scribes and/or artists list instead? Or, 75 greatest Batman stories?

Brian, I already voted, but I have a nagging question–are cover arts in collected/compiled editions included? (i.e. Absolute editions, TPB’s, Omnibuses). Thanks!

I submitted my ballot, and hope I notated variants well enough. I also included a hardcover, dvd, and Life Magazine cover from March 11, 1966.

Brian, I already voted, but I have a nagging question–are cover arts in collected/compiled editions included? (i.e. Absolute editions, TPB’s, Omnibuses). Thanks!

Yes.

Yo Brian, how about the greatest Bat-scribes and/or artists list instead? Or, 75 greatest Batman stories?

Nope, that will never happen…

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman (which I believe technically was this past Sunday), we’re going to be doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators, Batman villains and Batman stories, but this month will be about Batman covers.

My #1 pick popped into my head instantly. Oddly, it’s not a comic that stars Batman.

I’ve always loved Batman as a guest star. He brings out the best in cover artists.

Ever heard of Kenneth Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, aka the Voters’ Paradox? Yeah, I thought not, because otherwise you would not have ranking elections like this.

@John, I think that the stakes are are low enough that very few people will even consider voting strategically..

And the effects in Arrow are minimal in cases with huge numbers of candidates. And also in cases where there’s a strong plurality choice. And we don’t particularly care if that choice happens to be strongly disliked even by a majority. (Which it won’t be in this case.)

Arrow’s Theorem hardly seems relevant. By Brian’s system, the placement of the choice is relevant.

Suppose for concreteness my pick 1 was Batman #1 and my pick 2 was Detective #27. Now suppose that with that vote Detective just beats out Batman, say by a point.

Suppose instead I changed my mind and moved Detective #27 to pick 10, or perhaps even decided it was my 11th favorite and removed it completely. By Brian’s system, Batman #1 now beats Detective.

Moreover, that is completely reasonable.

That this behavior had to happen is a consequence of Arrow’s Theorem (hardly a paradox). But this behavior is also completely sensible. It makes intuitive sense that that change in my vote should reduce the standing of Detective even though nobody’s preference between those two covers changed.

In other words, Mr. DuBois, I have absolutely no idea what your concern is.

My Mazzuchelli/Miller-heavy votes have been made.

75 years of Detective Comics, Batman, World’s Finest, Justice League, Brave and Bold… Good Lord! Gasp! Choke!

Has anybody ever tried to figure out just how many Batman stories there have been? It boggles the mind!

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Goddamn, that was hard. I had to impose a half-dozen restrictions on what I drew from to be able to select ten, and even then, trimming the final dozen was a nightmare! Very pleased with my final list, though. This will be very interesting.

Did you get my ballot, Brian? Ta.

I’m assuming John DuBois searches the internet for anything mentioning vote and makes references to Arrow’s Theorem in order to make himself look cleverer than he really is.
Arrow’s theorem seems to be focussed on “single-transferable vote” systems when electing people to positions of authority – this is so different to make it irrelevant.

still looking through covers for my shortlist …currently about 30 and still have to look at specials, annuals, miniseries, post-flashpoint series..etc

Did you get my ballot, Brian? Ta.

Yes.

it will be interesting to see how the various different series (batmwn, detective comics, brave and the bold, legends of the dark knight, batman adventures, batman chronicles, gotham knights, shadow of the bat, etc_ are represented and what different standards are applied to a great cover

and I wonder how many people here are looking for the cover to Detective comics 514…

John King
March 9, 2014 at 7:06 am

it will be interesting to see how the various different series (batmwn, detective comics, brave and the bold, legends of the dark knight, batman adventures, batman chronicles, gotham knights, shadow of the bat, etc_ are represented and what different standards are applied to a great cover

and I wonder how many people here are looking for the cover to Detective comics 514…

Love that cover! It’s in my top 10

Darrell Hempel

March 10, 2014 at 6:08 am

Detective 514 – one of my all-time favorite Batman stories. The cover juuuust missed my Top Ten.

Can the TPB cover of JLA: Tower Of Babel be counted? Or is it just only single issues?

If you believe that one of the ten greatest Batman covers of all-time is the cover to the trade paperback of the Tower of Babel, then go for it

With all due respect since the moment I laid eyes on this bad boy I thought “WOW best cover EVER!”
Jason Fabok’s Variant cover to Detective Comics 27!
http://13thdimension.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DTC_Cv27_Jay-Fabok.jpg

voted
Got a good selection from 1982-2007 by 8 different artists
disappointed that I didn’t fit in any earlier covers but DC wasn’t that big in the UK back then (I had included some earlier covers in my shortlist like Detective Comics 381)
Hopefully other peoples votes will compensate

Batman 1 and 241. Detective Comics 27 and 395

oh dear, I didn’t mean to happen. gonna try again.

Pete Woodhouse

March 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Voted. Think I got 8 different artists in; tried to get in a few humorous/offbeat ones and not all moody, grim stuff!
Honorable mentions that I couldn’t squeeze in:
Batman 241 At Dawn Dies Mary MacGuffin! classic moonlit aerial shot by Neal Adams
Batman 251 Joker’s 5-Way Revenge by Adams
Batman 388 Mirror Master vs. Captain Boomerang by Tom Mandrake. Inventive design, good use of villains’ schtick with the mirrors & boomerang flying.
Batman 393 The Dark Rider Pt1 by Paul Gulacy. Moody “knives, weapons pointed at Batman who is lit by blazing torch” layout

Quasar's Bands

March 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Brave and Bold 197 — Batman and Catwoman. Classic cover!

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